Citrix released XenDesktop/XenApp 7.12 and with it some features that have been around for a very long time in the IMA architecture, that is up to XenApp 6.5. If you have worked long enough with XenApp 6.5 or before, you might be thrilled to know those features are back, or at least something close to it.

Here are some things (not all) that I picked from the release that I found worth mentioning.

With Internet Explorer 11 Microsoft extended their Protected Mode feature with an Enhanced Protected Mode option that can be enabled in the enhanced Internet Explorer settings. By default, the Enhanced Protected Mode option is NOT active. If the Enhanced Protected Mode is active, then Internet Explorer will crash when Adobe Flash is loaded and plays a video. This issue is widely reported from people surfing YouTube.

Last week I started a poll on Twitter about paying for Citrix Netscaler HDX Proxy, even Citrix announced at their own Synergy Event it's for FREE. I'm pretty sure the audience was cheering about that.

Let's have a look at the result and what we can do with that.

At Synergy 2016 Citrix announced Netscaler HDX Proxy but what is it really? We all know how much customer LOVE the extremely OLD and FREE Webinterface (WI) and Secure Gateway (SG) for HDX sessions (XenApp / XenDesktop). Webinterface was replaced with StoreFront (SF) and as I announced retired Webinterface with the 3.5 release ( read more about it ).

Identity Provider (IdP) is what you need with ShareFile and often used with Microsoft Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) as IdP. ShareFile and XenMobile are seamlessly working together when using XenMobile as IdP. This would break the seamless integration with Windows Clients using ShareFile Outlook Plug-In, Desktop Sync etc. The solution is to use both IdP's at the same time and the reason calling it dual IdP. With ADFS 2.0 you cannot export the signing certificate with the private key and even if you could it would only be good for one year before ADFS automatically would roll over to a new certificate.


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